Charter schools are state-sponsored public schools, created to serve as new types of educational institutions. They have the ability to meet curriculum needs, and the capacity to change future needs. They are based on the understanding that education is a shared responsibility of public schools, parents, community, and individual learners.
Charter Schools are NOT an indicator of fialure by the public schools. They ARE tangible evidence of the commitment by educational professionals and communities to innovation. As public schools, charter schools are legaly accountable for providing the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and for the Standards of Learning Testing. As learning laboratories, charter schools have wide latitude in how to accomplish those requirements.